A man charged in connection with a series of attacks on women in Belfast has appeared remotely at Belfast Magistrates Court.

38-year-old Dermott McIlveen, of Carrigart Avenue in west Belfast, appeared via video link from a PSNI custody suite, and spoke only to confirm that he understood the allegations against him.

Last Monday evening, four women sustained knife wounds while two others were punched by a man on a bicycle in parts of central and south Belfast.

Police said none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries but were left deeply traumatised. Patrols were stepped up and CCTV images of the suspect released as part of a major operation to locate the attacker.

McIlveen was subsequently arrested and charged with five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon - namely a knife.

Defence solicitor Brian Archer said McIlveen was not making an application for bail.